HTPC Tip Of The Day: Set Up Your Receiver

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HTPC Tip Of The Day: Set Up Your Receiver

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This can be a pretty frequent issue, and often the first thing I take a look at when helping a friend diagnose a problem with the stereo. One of my buddies always complained that the center channel volume was too low and so they were constantly playing surround sound sources really loud an then turning it down when switching to stereo sources. Just taking the time to do a quick level/distance setting by ear without a decibel meter can often lead a more pleasant listening experience if you haven't already taken five or ten minutes to do it.

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I had to test another couple of movies Smile. It sounds better then ever Smile. The WAF high but on the flipside that means the funds may never get distributed for an upgrade.

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why upgrade when you aren't even taking advantage of what you have.  My sister was looking for a present for her husband and I pointed her to a Denon 3808.  He has very expensive gear and this suited his system well.  4 months later I visited her house.  He had the wiring all wrong and had calibrated the system while holding the mic in his hand.  Ugg, what a waste of money.  Voices were coming from behind you. 

Always set up your receiver properly.  If you don't know how, please seek help.

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autoboy wrote:

please seek help.

my therapist thanks you  ;D

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It's gritty, shameful, confession time: I gave up using my receiver and 5.1 system in favor of my TV's built in speakers a few months ago.  :'(

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evilpenguin wrote:

It's gritty, shameful, confession time: I gave up using my receiver and 5.1 system in favor of my TV's built in speakers a few months ago.  :'(

It's ok, I'll admit that when I moved to my current place, I was so lazy that it took me 2 months to run the wires to the rear speakers. That, and my sub broke and I have yet to bother replacing it.

BLASPHEMY!

At this point I just figure I'll deal with it all when I move again in a year and upgrade the whole system then... and of course we know that's a lot of talk and who actually knows when it will really happen LOL

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evilpenguin wrote:

It's gritty, shameful, confession time: I gave up using my receiver and 5.1 system in favor of my TV's built in speakers a few months ago.  :'(

I seriously don't even know how you can stand that.  I'm NO audiophile - not even close - but I can't stand to listen to a TV's built in speaker anymore (not even on the Mits...)!  It's almost as bad as having to watch a television program in SD...  :Smile

Dude...  How old IS this FusionHDTV3 ???

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cgsheen wrote:

evilpenguin wrote:

It's gritty, shameful, confession time: I gave up using my receiver and 5.1 system in favor of my TV's built in speakers a few months ago.  :'(

I seriously don't even know how you can stand that.  I'm NO audiophile - not even close - but I can't stand to listen to a TV's built in speaker anymore (not even on the Mits...)!  It's almost as bad as having to watch a television program in SD...  :Smile

lol Totally agree and I only have an old 2.0 stereo receiver too. Beats the hell out of the TV's built in speakers easy.

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Strangely, I actually made the switch after I got my BR player.  When I first got it home I was so excited to see the picture quality that I just hooked up the HDMI and started watching Ratatouille and ended up being so impressed with the Panasonic Plasma's sound quality that I just never bothered to wire it into the rest of my system.  Eventually I even unhooked my Xbox and HTPC from the receiver and started running them directly into the TV as well and have been happy, albeit shamed, ever since.

Honestly, I think a lot of it has to do with how small the room is and it's interesting shape which allow such low wattage speakers to do a pretty respectable job of filling it out.  However, I just put down an offer on a sweet new condo that has an absolutely *cavernous* living room so I have a feeling I'll need to pull the ol' receiver out of moth balls and put it back to work.

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Alan Cooke wrote:

I had to test another couple of movies Smile. It sounds better then ever Smile. The WAF high but on the flipside that means the funds may never get distributed for an upgrade.

Which pioneer receiver did you get?

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